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Trade-unionists, Beware Concluded from last issue. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
Trade-unionists, Beware Concluded from last issue. 'it is undoubtedly true that the war calls lor the collective effort and the sacrifice of the working classes nc' Jess than the rest. But it is un just, not to say ludicrous, that the sacrifices of the working; classes should be once for the welfare of the nation, and twice tor the profit -.f private employers. Have our snlfiij-'rs; drawn ironi the working eiasscs, shown any disposition to shirk sacrifice, or 'to '.insist on .their advantage iu the war? Why is the same class heroic in the trenches and unpatriotic at homel Is it not be cause the labor of the one is no body's but the nation's good, and iim loiinv r-f -flip other to the urofit nrst of the employers, and secondly only of the nation ?' 'Then w^hat are we to say to Mr. Asquith's strange remark to the ef fect that Government action will not bs taken until things ? are _ bad enough? Is Government action a sort of desperate remedy, to be tried only at the last gasp of' the p...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
lirect Action OFFICIAL ORGAN Of tfit INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF ^ THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office: — 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia, EDITOR: TOM BARKER. MANAGER: E. A. GlFFNliY. Matter for publication oniy should bo addressed to the Editor, Oilier matter to the Manager. Subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. CENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A .
From An Exchange. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
From An Exchange. Exploitation is the cause of war. And exploitation is wrong. To this the serf's of capitalism, organised into -lab- our unions, wij] agree — because they would lil.-f- a li+tln ninrn hrpnrl ! Hnfr exploitation is synonymous with wage labor, and will not cease until wage labor is abolished. The workers must abolish wage-labour by refusing to have a commodity called labor-power, which is more, important than themselves. They must forget all about commodit ies, and know only that they have the right to enjoy all the fruits of the Mirth. It is their duty to be free. Does the reader think that nature evolved men with straight backbones and erect postures only that they might be bent, or in order that they should cringe and crawl to exist? Words are said to blas pheme God — an impossibility since he is not. The attitude of labor, its cow ardice, and slavery, outrages nature. Honest toil is prostitution. The work ers must not exist. They must be men. We cannot shout: 'Ins...
Direct Action. WESTRALIA DELAYED. Demanos of the Crew. High Rates of Wages. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
Direct Action WESTRALIA DELAYED. Demands of the Crew. High Rates of Wages. Demands made by liremen and sailors employed on the liiiddart-l'arker steam er Westralia on Saturday for an in cioased rate of pay for the trip from Auckland to Southern ports and Mel bourne, wore responsible for the vessel being detained in port uiftil after seven o'clock in the evening. The Westialia arrived from the South last Thursday evening, and her articles expired on Fri day, the crew signing off. On being asked to sign on new articles, the crew re-fused unless the company would agree to pay each man £18 for the trip down the coast to DunedJii, and then to Mel lmurne, with a free return passage to New Zealand from the Victorian uort. The demands made by the crew were considered by the cap-tain and the com pany to he excessive, and were refused. The crew were entitled to the inter ? ?(i-onial rates oi pay, namely, £W a month for firemen and £8 a month for sailors. These rates, with full wages up to the...
"FOR JESUS' SAKE." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
'FOR JESUS' SAKE.' The following extract is from the Mel bourne 'Age' of recent date; — 'A gruesome coincidence is recorded in the meeting of a German soldier who « a member of the Salvation Army and a British soldier who also belongs to the Salvation Army. The Germans were charging the British trenches with the bayonet, and the German Salvationist, as bo drove his bayonet into tbe Brit ish Salvationist found that he had killed tbe man at whose house he had been the guest for some weeks during the Inter national Congress of the Salvation Army, wbAch was held in London in May last.'
The Industrial Government. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
The Industrial Government. Industrialists have continually lioen drilling into the working-class muni that industrial rontrol is the source oi niling-class power ; that the masters control ihioii-li their ituhi.-t rial owner ship all Uk- niiichiin-ry of government, the law iiiul tlio military. Tlioy have also shown on innumerable occasions how nnpossihle it is tor a suliordinate l)O\Yt.l, lil\1v 1 til Hilltn ui- m ..w~ — ..j-~ control the all-important trusts and sub sidiary organisations. The trust, based upon dciinite and ab solute control, can either pun-base, and use the people's representatives or ig norc them at its own sweet will. In the past the politicians oi' the Labor and Socialist type have attempted to justi fy their existence by explaining how such things were possible in a corrupt country like America, but here in demo cratic. Australia, with its liberal fran ibise such organisations would not be allowed to exist. In some dreamy man ner they were to be legislated out-...
Sydney Notes. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
Sydney Notes. L Sydney Local'* activities during tin ^ast tor. night \-avv bfen varied and siucassfuJ. i'ne Domain meetings have bee a well attended, and literature and yjpyr sales wore exceptionally good. -Many street meetings wore held, all of wb;ch. in spite of the cold weather, were successful. Tlie h?ll ms vii ngs also were packed. 'Mrs. Paul lectured on Sunday, the 16th on : 'Motherhood.' The lecture was well riceh'i'd, and was followed by in teresting questions and discussions. j * * # r On the 23rd Mr. Eldridgc lectured on 'Eugenics.'1 During his address the lecturer mad-1 out a very strong case against both politics and politicians, and tin; Parliamentary system, lie em phasised that a perfect virile racoj, toiild not be produced during the con-| tin nation of capitalism. His lecture was well received. ji * * * \i We bone at an early daw to announco further lectures by both Mrs. Paul and .Mr. Eldridge. * * * Anyono desiring a photo of the May Day celebration held in the Dom...
Single Men to the Front. The Bludgeoning of Bachelors. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 June 1915
Single Men to the Front The Bludgeoning of Bachelors. By Ajax. Recently a new superstition is &nbsp; &nbsp; abroad in Australia. The new doctrine &nbsp; reads: "It is the bounden duty of single men to go to the front. ' Poli &nbsp; ticians, priests, plutes and press one &nbsp; &nbsp; and all raise their voices in support of &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; this dogma which has been sprung up &nbsp; &nbsp; on the people to the waving of flags &nbsp; &nbsp; the wail of wowsers and the shriek of &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; jingoes. Apparently the lives of single &nbsp; &nbsp; men don't count, really they are only fit for powder. In fact the breed is too numerous and should be killed off to &nbsp; &nbsp; the greater glory of the empire and in &nbsp; creased dividends of armament rings &nbsp; &nbsp; Every capit...
THE FEDERATED FURNISHING TRADE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA. NEW SOUTH WALES BRANCH. Sydney, May 31, 1915. To the Editor "Direct Action." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
THE FEDERATED FURNISH ING TRADE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA. NEW SOUTH WALES BRANCH. Sydney, May 31, 191 5. To the Editor 'Direct Action.' Dear Sir, — I am instructed by re solution to advise you that at the extraordinary meeting of th'is so ciety, held on Thursday, Ma}' 27th inst., to determine members' atti tude to those of either German or Austrian birth employed in the in dustry, the following resolutions were carried : — 1. — That this meeting of the Federated Furnishing Trade So ciety of New South Wales branch condemns the action of those mem bers who may have supported an)' resolution, or acted in any way whatsoever which may have led to the dismissal of members from em ployment on account of their na tionality. (Carried by 218 to 2). General Secretary. 2. — That in .futurte, before any such action as may deprive any member of employment on account of his nationality is taken up t by employees (members) the society must be notified. Further, any member or members acting contrary t...
BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS ON SALE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS ON SALE. (All ihe works published below, al though not orticially endorsed as a wiioie by ihe organisation, can be ob tained irom the Literature Secretary, I.U.U.. Local, J\'o. 'I, 33U Castlereajrh streec. Sydney. Casn must accompany ail orders.) Title. Capital. Vol. I., The Process of Capitalist Production (Marx) .. 8s. Capital, Vol. 11., The Process of Circulation of Capital (Marx) .. 8s. Capital, Vol. 11.. The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole (Marx) ? 8s. Woman aud Socialism, the classic work on this subject, revised, enlarged, and newly translated (iiebel) ? 6s. Ancient Society, the greatest aud most revolutionary book on pri mitive man (Morgan) ? 6s. The Positive Outcome of Philo sophy, also in the same volume Letters on Logic and the Nature or Human Jirain Work (Dietz g-en) ? 4s. Landmarks of Scientific Socialism (Anti-L)uehring). Contains the most important portions of the larger work from which Socia lism. Utopian and Scientific was taken (Enge...
The Bosses' Little Idea. Patriotic!! Oh Yes!! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
The Bosses' Little Idea. Patriotic !! Oh Yes !! ? u~ The 'Weekly Trade Report,1' the organ of the Merchants and Traders' Association of .Australasia, which, by the way, is published at two bob a conv. in its issue of May 31&t, aive.5 us an eyeopener on our masters' pat riotic outlook and their benevolent in tenuous towards their patriotic slaves after the war i& over. Referring to the difficulties of 'cap- turing German trade,' it has the fol lowing, quoted liom 'Kemp's Ga zette' : — 'Notwithstanding ail this, howo.v er, there are some trades in which we might compete successfully, if we would but make tin- needful 'changes in our methods. In the smaller and cheaper kinds of goods, such as glass and china ornaments, children's toys, and the like, there is room for a vast manufacture. Bui, here, the wages question is supreme. This is work that could, and should b.' done by women and boys am] girls, who could readily ho taught, and would quickly learn, and whose pay wo...
Literature List. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
jitfflM^ Co )ital ; Karl lYia. x, 3 volumes, yti B ' vol. bs. B Vaiue f rice and 1'rotit : Marx, uoudu1 I 2b, paper Od. B Lbe Jbvotuuua oi Property : Laiar- S gue, bound Jt.. B in si ..1... iuiii .iv.iuial; -i.ubini Lmvih, S uouud '2a. B Ihe ISew UUiOiuSiii: iridon, uapu B is ad. fl i-Voiri. siiu WafinJo: iiiorold iioguis, B paper cover i x'rice is. bu. H irsc -«iiie UUufiieis ui Capital: jimj B -iiarx, paper cover, Price Is. Su. 9 Sabotage : Pouget, bound 2s, papei B is. B Oue Big Union; Trautmann, papei fl od. fl Right to be Lazy : Laf argue, bound fl 2s, paper t-d. fl Sabotage; W. C. Smith, paper 3d. fl New Australian Song book : second fl edition; 3a songs. Price, 3d. fl I.W.W.; History, Structure and fl Methods, bt. John, paper 3d. fl Revolution and the 1. W . W . : Pease, H paper 3d. ? Eievcn ui.no Leaders: B. H. Williams, fl Price 3d. fl Poiii'.cal socialism or Capturing the fl Government: B. E. Nilsson, Price fl 3d. ? War! What For? Cartoon: Price, fl 3d. fl Summary of Marx'...
Combinations. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
Combinations. 'Solidarity' is the official organ of the I.W.W. in North America. It is full of strike news, tactics, and inter e.stinff artcles on Industrial Unionism. No industrialist can afford to be with out it. It ought to have a circulation of at least 2000 in Australia. It will be posted from this office for 6s. 6d. pe; year. In conjunction with 'Direct Action' the two will cost 8s. per year ''' ;\jsted. 'Golos Trnda' is a Russian indus ifiali&t weekly published in New York, lr- contains favourable articles on the 1.1V.W. Every Russian worker should resid it. The yearly subscription is 6/6 I)1 conjunction with 'Direct Action,' ' the two papers will be sent for one year ftr S/ to any address in Australia. 'II Prolctario' is the I.W.W. Ital ian weekly published in the U.S.A. ' 1 will cost G/G per year posted, or 8/ in y conjunction with 'Direct Action.' Address, Lit. Secretary, 330 Castle reagh Street. Sydney, N.S.W. |
To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
To the Editor. Sir, — The self assumed conceptive knowledge of F. Staines regarding mat ters pertaining to the busiiK:.-;-. 01 LiU Seamen's Union general1}' :s -i/u --.;.;-' assumedly greater than that of the or ganisation, hut is so overflowing as to prompt him to speak with a loud com lnanriino- vnipp of imtlinrit.v tn +,?io wliolo world, including Germany and Austria, through your issue of April 15th, in an assumed exposition of things concerning the steamers Maori and Pateena, but the abundance of this knowledge will be gathered from his statement 'that one of the Maori firemen sent a letter to the delegate of the Pateeua, and his further assertion that 'the engineer of the Maori was removed before the ship got under way again.' In pitting facts against the knowledge of F. Staines, it may be stated that the let ter referred to was not sent to the Pa teena delegate, by one of the firemen of the Maori, but, by a fireman of the S.S. Mapounka ; also that the Maori hold up occurred a...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
fact letion OFFICIAL ORGAN Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF - THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Offioe:— 330 Castlereagti St., Sydney Australia. EDITOR: TOM BARKER. MANAGER: E. AT G1FFNEY. Matter for publication only sSnuid be addressed to the Editor. Other matter to the Manager. Subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. CENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A .
Organisation Notes [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
Organisation Notes The last copy of 'Solidarnosc,' the Polish I.W.W. paper, published an article from a recent number of 'Direct Action.' dealing with the tramway case at the High Court The editor comments at the conclu sion on the beauties of State Social ism, and its beneficent effect on the working class. * * * The following telegram was re ceived by Fellow-worker W. Jack son, who is at present holding pro paganda meetings in Townsville, Q. : — 'Slumber pill taking ?effect. Bumper meetings. Send two dozen 'War What For,' also two dozen 'New Unionism' j ship with other lit erature; also send two hundred 'Di rect Actions.' Kind regards.' * * * We have received some good par cels of subscriptions from F. W. Ralz, of Broken Hill, and from F. W. HeaJy, of Rockhampton. F. W. Healy has gone on to Townsville, from whence he has also sent down some subs. Other members might take a tip and justify their existence. Come on, let's hear from you. * * * Several fellow-workers are now at Ardlet...
The I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
The I. W.W. Preamble. The working class and the employing class have nothing iu common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among mil lions of working people, and the few who make up the employing 'class have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the ma chinery of production, and abolish the wage system. i We find that the centreiug of the management of industries into * fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ? ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unices foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to 'be pitted r^M'Jst another set of workers iu the same industry, thereby helping to defeai one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ ing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers. These c...
The "Sun's" Economics. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
The 'Sim's' Economics. ? : — * ? : ? ? The'know all' propensities of tiie average scribe in the capitalist sheets is amazing. The 'Sun' in its 'Wat Notes' of June 1st, takes tlio pighead ed militarists of the' German -general staff to task ft*- their ''mistakes' in militarv Rt.r.itprrv in the western tlioa tre of war. The cocksureue&s of this military critic would lead one to believe that if the Gorman plan of campaign laid in his hands, things would indeed ha looking blue for the Allies. It is really time that the censor stepped in and put ibis pen-pusher on the 'Sun' out of business for Lis bare-faced sug gestions to the Germans on how to de feat their enemies. On somewhat similar lines, th.o 'Sun ' on the following day comes out with a leading article giving, of course, dis interested advice to the workers on the ca' canny doctrine and other methods wliicli interfere with the rapid perform ance of the work of the community' ; only that altruistic spirit which charac teris...
Sydney News. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 June 1915
Sydney News. Excepting for a scarcity of street meetings, the propaganda of the Local has been ably sustained. The Domain meetings have been well attended, over £10 worth of literature and papers were disposed of within the two Sim days. A new pamphlet lias been reprinted by the Press Committee from the 'Labor Leader' of England, entitled 'How the War Came.' It is very interesting and disposes of many side issues by it's history of the respective alliances, and the happenings in the diplomatic world prior -to the war. The price is 3d. each, or 2/- per doz. The supply is limited, so orders must be placed early.